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Funeral held for Jamie Burns who died after taking tablet during Belfast night out

Published 25/11/2016

Funeral of 23-year-old Jamie Burns who died last Sunday as a result of taking ecstasy on a night out. Mr Burns' coffin leaves his home on the York Road in north Belfast followed by family and friends. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Funeral of 23-year-old Jamie Burns who died last Sunday as a result of taking ecstasy on a night out. Mr Burns' coffin leaves his home on the York Road in north Belfast followed by family and friends. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Funeral of 23-year-old Jamie Burns who died last Sunday as a result of taking ecstasy on a night out. Mr Burns' coffin leaves his home on the York Road in north Belfast followed by family and friends. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Funeral of 23-year-old Jamie Burns who died last Sunday as a result of taking ecstasy on a night out. Mr Burns' coffin leaves his home on the York Road in north Belfast followed by family and friends. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Funeral of 23-year-old Jamie Burns who died last Sunday as a result of taking ecstasy on a night out. Mr Burns' coffin leaves his home on the York Road in north Belfast followed by family and friends. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Funeral of 23-year-old Jamie Burns who died last Sunday as a result of taking ecstasy on a night out. Mr Burns' coffin leaves his home on the York Road in north Belfast followed by family and friends. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Funeral of 23-year-old Jamie Burns who died last Sunday as a result of taking ecstasy on a night out. Mr Burns' coffin leaves his home on the York Road in north Belfast followed by family and friends. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Funeral of 23-year-old Jamie Burns who died last Sunday as a result of taking ecstasy on a night out. Mr Burns' coffin leaves his home on the York Road in north Belfast followed by family and friends. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Funeral of 23-year-old Jamie Burns who died last Sunday as a result of taking ecstasy on a night out. Mr Burns' coffin leaves his home on the York Road in north Belfast followed by family and friends. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye

The funeral has taken place of a young man who his family believe died after taking ecstasy on a night out in Belfast.

Jamie Burns from the Shore Road area of north Belfast had been socialising at the Queen's University Student Union when he fell ill and died.

On Friday a service was held at his family home before moving on to Roselawn Crematorium.

A Liverpool supporter, his coffin was emblazoned with the motto: "You'll Never Walk Alone".

Ahead of the service, his father William wrote on Facebook: "Today has arrived... The one day I never thought I would ever have to go through.

"Today’s the day my only son leaves the only home he’s ever known for the last time... Such a waste of a young life. All over a tablet.”

More: Last picture of Belfast man Jamie Burns just hours before he died after taking ecstasy

Mr Burns said he believed his son had taken a tablet before his collapse, and took to social media in his grief to warn other parents to make sure their kids are never tempted by drugs.

"I lost my only son, 23 years of age, went out Saturday night with friends and stupidly took a tablet - he never came home," he said.

"Please, please, please, make sure your kids, teenagers, young adults aren't tempted, no parent should have to go through this.

Jamie Burns at Mandela Hall in Queen’s Students’ Union on Saturday
Jamie Burns at Mandela Hall in Queen’s Students’ Union on Saturday

"You never think in your entire life that as a parent you would ever go through this. Today my life has ended, my son, my best friend died this morning."

The PSNI has launched an investigation into the death.

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